- Paperback: 771 pages
- Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS; Latest edition (2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780143104094
- ISBN-13: 978-0143104094
- ASIN: 0143104098
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 3.2 x 21.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 409 customer reviews
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India Since Independence Paperback – 2008
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About the book:
This book serves as a continuation to the much read book "India's Struggle For Independence" by the same author (Bipan Chandra). Since India's Struggle for Independence roughly covers the period from 1857 till 1947, this book (India since Independence) important developments from independence till first decade of the 21st century.
Mr Bipan Chandra needs no introduction. He is a pioneer of History and his interpretation of Indian History is considered the most relevant version. He contributed to the NCERTs and various other publication. He was awarded Padma Bhushan and also served as the director of National Book Trust. But since he is no more, further contribution will be done by co-authors only.
The other two contributors are also experts of their field.
The book is written in a very simple format and a lucid style of writing. It is not meant for scholars and anyone with interest in India's recent past can go through it. No background needed, whatsoever and you would definitely enjoy reading it. It discusses various political, social, economic and cultural dimensions of India's recent history. Various political parties and their handling of the affairs of their time has been elaborated. Some people may find it political but it not possible to be apolitical while writing political history and the author uses his conscience to deliver the best. It also introduces the governance challenges in the nation and what the future may have for us.
In short, it is a journey into India's ship sailing through the ups and downs of time. An alternate to this book is the one written by Ramchandra Guha : India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy
Is there anything New in the recent version? (Launched in August, 2017)
NO. Everything is same. [CHECK PICTURES]
- Only difference is the cover page has been freshened up.
So no need to buy the new version if you have the old one. Both have same number of pages and same content.
I recommend this book to UPSC aspirants in particular since it will be easier to comprehend this one once you finish doing Modern India from "India's Struggle for Independence".
Thanks for your time in reading this review. :) Jai Hind.
The book is great. But selective reading is required. Not everything is important. Chapters 6 to 12 are very very important. Further the author is a fan of Nehru and Gandhi, so you have to keep moderate views about them . The book is very helpful in mains not so much in pre. Language is lucid. If you can make notes than awesome otherwise leave it.
Lastly, don't worry too much about which one is better this or others like India after Gandhi, etc all the books are almost similar. Very minute differences are there. It really doesn't matter which one you are buying. For me this book was enough.
Its better to study one book ten times then doing 4 or 5 books once.
Positive aspect: books does dive in depth of events
Negative aspect: politically biased, skewed towards achievement of Nehru and Congress. Also it is narrative based rather than explicit sharp crisp points.